ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS
Developer Moon Studios Publisher Microsoft Studios Format PC, Xbox One Release TBA
This came as little surprise given the success of Ori And The Blind Forest, but did they have to name it after a 1980s TV show whose TV-faced antagonist still gives us the willies? Perhaps it’s an appropriate choice for the sequel to a game whose ethereal Gareth Coker score and Ghibli-style whimsy belied some often infuriatingly punishing level design, which was only mildly tempered by the ability to drop your own respawn point on the fly. Expect more of the same here, albeit in 4K with HDR support on PC and Xbox One X – though if Moon Studios hasn’t learned its lesson, and gives us another hair-tearingly difficult level like the original’s Ginso Tree section, there’ll be hell to pay.